1. Finally got around to watching Match Point last night. Easily the best Woody Allen film since, I don't know, let's say Manhattan Murder Mystery (although it is really more of a companion to Crimes & Misdemeanors). First of all, let's just get this out of the way: Scarlett Jo is the dictionary definition of "smoldering hotness" in this movie. I mean, godDAMN. Secondly, I guess it shouldn't necessarily come as a surprise that Woody Allen has a bit of a nihilist streak in him, but JESUS CHRIST is he bleak here. Thirdly, I'm a big Woody fan but he hasn't made a watchable film in over 12 years; this film is not only the best he's made in that time, but probably one of the best films in his entire body of work; the cast is magnificent and resetting the movie in London as opposed to the Hamptons injects this film with a vibrant energy not seen in his films in some time. (If Scarlet Jo is indeed Woody's new Muse, then I'm really looking forward to Scoop.) There's no obvious Woody surrogate here - Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is actually a pretty unique leading man in that regard, as he has none of the usual tics and neuroses and instead has an almost sociopathic glare about him. This is also the first Woody Allen movie that's ever made me squirm uncomfortably - the scene where Scarlet shows up at Jonathan's office to confront him is incredibly powerful and visceral. Anyway - kudos to you, Woody.